AF Biographies

This database holds biographical information on Air Force leaders, active duty, Reserve and retired general officers; current senior executives; secretaries of the Air Force; and chief master sergeants of the Air Force. Air Force biographies may not have been prepared for some general officers before retirement. If a name is not listed, an Air Force biography is not available. For biography changes and updates please send an e-mail to Air Force Biographies from a .mil e-mail address. 

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110310-F-JZ022-351 BRIGADIER GENERAL STANLEY O. SMITH
Retired   March 01, 1991
Brigadier General Stanley O. Smith is chief of staff, Defense Mapping Agency, Fairfax, Va. The Defense Mapping Agency's mission is to enhance national security, and it supports the offices of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified and specified commands, military departments and other users. To do this, it produces and
4/23
2003
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL WILBUR A. SMITH
Retired   June 01, 1963   Died  December 10, 1981
Wilbur Anderson Smith was born in Camden, N.J., in 1903, the son of the late William Briggs Smith and the late Ada Gertrude Anderson Smith. He has spent the major part of his life as a resident of New Jersey. Through his mother, he is a direct descendant of Colonel John Anderson whose disabled and leaking ship put into Perth Amboy, N.J., in 1699
4/23
2003
030707-F-JZ509-682 BRIGADIER GENERAL WALLACE GORDON SMITH

Wallace Gordon Smith was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1891. After attending the University of Missouri and Montana Agricultural and Mechanical College, he enlisted as a private in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps on Dec. 24, 1917. The following March he entered flying school at Wichita Falls, Texas and was commissioned a second lieutenant in
4/23
2003
090916-F-JZ029-427 MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM T. SMITH
Retired   August 01, 1969   Died  July 10, 1998
William Thomas Smith, chief of staff, Air Force Communications Service, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., was born Aug. 19, 1913 in Detroit, Mich. He attended the Detroit public schools, graduated from Eastern High School in 1930, and attended the University of Detroit. In 1932 he joined the Michigan National Guard and three years later won a competitive
4/23
2003
090916-F-JZ029-426 BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLARD W. SMITH
Retired   July 31, 1963   Died  May 12, 1995
Willard Wright Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1910. He spent his early life in north Texas, starting school in El Paso. He graduated from high school in Corvallis, Ore., in June 1928, and from Oregon State College in June 1934 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering majoring in aeronautical engineering. He was
4/23
2003
110310-F-JZ022-350 GENERAL WILLIAM Y. SMITH
Retired   July 31, 1983
General William Y. Smith is deputy commander in chief Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. General Smith was born in 1925, in Hot Springs, Ark., where he graduated from high school in 1943. He spent one year at Washington and Lee University Va., then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He graduated in
4/23
2003
051205-F-JZ508-351 GENERAL LANCE L. SMITH
Retired   January 01, 2008
Gen. Lance L. Smith is Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, Norfolk, Va. As Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, he is responsible for maximizing present and future military capabilities of the United States by leading the transformation of joint forces in the areas of joint training, joint
6/23
2005
Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL DAVID R. SMITH
Retired   January 05, 2002
Major General David R. Smith is commander, 10th Air Force, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. He manages all Air Force Reserve air refueling and fighter units in the United States, which, if mobilized, will be gained either by Air Mobility Command or Air Combat Command.General Smith was born in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from Ithaca (N.Y.) High
5/04
2010
130514-F-JZ003-050 BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES F. SMITH
Retired   June 30, 2014   Died  September 29, 2014
Brig. Gen. James F. Smith is the mobilization assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He assists in developing, integrating, evaluating and analyzing the Air Force's long range plans and the five-year, $604 billion U.S. Air Force Future Years Defense Program to support
10/24
2014
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL LUTHER STEVENS SMITH
Retired   August 31, 1946   Died  May 28, 1974
Luther Stevens Smith was born in North Carolina in 1901. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 12, 1924, and commissioned a second lieutenant of Air Service.He entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas, and continued on to the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, graduating in September 1925. Assigned to the 94th
4/26
2011
SmithWFeb2014 BRIGADIER GENERAL WADE R. SMITH

Brig. Gen. Wade R. Smith is the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Defense Contract Management Agency, Fort Lee, Va. He is responsible for advising the director on Total Force employment capabilities to support and further DCMA’s mission success. In addition, he provides specialized technical and management advice to the director and senior
12/03
2013
130903-F-XX000-004 BRIGADIER GENERAL DIRK D. SMITH

Brig. Gen. Dirk D. Smith is the Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
3/26
2015
130417-F-JZ003-983 CRAIG A. SMITH

Craig A. Smith, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence, International and Military Affairs, Office of the Air Force General Counsel, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for providing legal advice to the Secretary of the Air Force, the assistant secretaries, the General Counsel and officials of the
4/17
2013
111024-F-JZ018-585 BRIGADIER GENERAL JEFFRY F. SMITH
Retired   September 01, 2012
Brig. Gen. Jeffry F. Smith is the Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He is responsible for all functions relating to strategic planning, establishing requirements, and securing programming for our nation's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, B-2 and B-52
10/24
2011
SmithJan2015 BRIGADIER GENERAL KIRK W. SMITH

Brig. Gen. Kirk W. Smith is the Director, Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He ensures the 19,000 Air Commandos worldwide are resourced and equipped through force structure planning and programming, establishing requirements, and acquisition program oversight through U.S. Air
1/06
2015
Official Photo-   SES Ms Lisa Smith(U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael J Pausic) LISA P. SMITH

Lisa P. Smith, a member of the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director of Logistics, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
3/03
2015
SmithJune2014 BRIGADIER GENERAL SCOTT F. SMITH

Selected for reassignment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters Allied Joint Forces Command, Brunssum, NetherlandsBrig. Gen. Scott F. Smith is the Inspector General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He leads a selectively manned unit inspecting the command's readiness by validating and verifying
2/13
2015
030707-F-JZ509-689 BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW W. SMOAK
Retired   August 01, 2001
Brig. Gen. Andrew W. Smoak is deputy director, Plans and Customer Operations Directorate, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Reston, Va. NIMA is a combat support agency jointly chartered by the secretary of defense and the director of central intelligence. The agency is the central authority for imagery and mapping in the U.S. government. It
4/23
2003
060503-F-JZ507-349 MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT L. SMOLEN
Retired   November 01, 2007   Died  May 18, 2014
Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen is Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. The Air Force District of Washington provides the single Air Force voice and component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region, as well as organizes, trains and equips combat forces for the aerospace expeditionary forces,
12/01
2004
091201-F-JZ028-314 BRIGADIER GENERAL MARVIN T. "TOM" SMOOT JR.
Retired   August 01, 2011
Brig. Gen. Marvin T. "Tom" Smoot Jr. is the Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va. He leads a highly qualified faculty and staff in the education of national security professionals to plan and execute joint, multinational, and interagency operations to instill a primary commitment to joint, multinational,
7/02
2007
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